Attractions in Bucharest for accessible city-breaks
It is not known as the most accessible place on Earth, but the face of Bucharest has changed a lot during last years in terms of access for travellers with low mobility. Bucharest’s cheerfulness, as well as its various tourist spots make the city attractive for a short fun and cultural break.
There are definitely many things to be improved everywhere in the world when it comes to accessible tourism, Bucharest and Romania included – a good reason to recommend you to ask accessible tourism professionals’ specialised advice. Yet, we are here to give a short list of places to visit and have the comfort while travelling in a wheelchair.
Bucharest parks – accessible and relaxing
Bucharest weather is awesome from spring to fall, and the parks of Bucharest are different and joyful. The pathways are smooth, and the trees around them stand as source of clean air and an oasis of relaxation. Actually, as summers in Bucharest are pretty hot, parks and green areas in Bucharest are the most popular places for retreats in the big city.
Right in the heart of Bucharest, Cismigiu is the oldest park of all, but also a green resource of beautiful peacefulness. Its story starts back in 1779, when the prince of Wallachia at the time asked for two drinking fountains to be built in the area of Cismigiu. Half a century later, Gheorghe Bibescu – another prince of the Southern princedom of Romania – hires Wilhem Mayer, an Austrian landscape architect to decorate the gardens. The park is charming with its fancy but unpretentious lovely bridges, inspired by British gardens. The lake, decent in size, is simply charming with its coquette bridges, and beautifully adorned trees.
Fancier, more vibrant and incommensurable larger is Herastrau park. Its story starts in mid 1930s, when the lake was built on the marshes of the Northern lakes. Today, Herastrau park is one of the most popular outdoor attractions in Bucharest, and fun place for everyone to be.
The Palace of Parliament
Palace of Parliament, also known for its communist stories and mostly being the second largest administrative building after Pentagon, is a definitely “must see” while in Bucharest. Wheelchair travellers can enjoy its opulence during a specially designed tour.
Even overseas tourists consider it as the House of Ceausescu, actually The People’s House (Palace of Parliament now) was his never fulfilled dream. By the time of his death, the PaIace’s construction was not completed. The grandiose dream started in 1977 after the great earthquake, in which 2000 houses were destroyed. Ceausescu’s plan was to build an entire neighbourhood for ministries and communist party leaders.
7 sqkm of the old, historical neighbourhood were demolished for the palace emplacement. There were over 25.000 people working at it in three shifts, 300 architects and their project Leader, Anca Petrescu a very young lady at that time.
Visitors acknowledge least that the entire building was made with Romanian raw materials and labour. If we were to speak figures, they are impressive: consider only 1 million tons of marble of Ruschita or 66.000 sqkm surface at ground level – and you have a light picture of it!
The National Museum of Art of Romania- museum for all
Elegant, impressive, unmistakable are the words that would describe the building of National Museum of Art. None misses this piece of architecture on Victoriei Avenue, an edifice representative for Bucharest being worth to be named “Little Paris” since the beginning of 1900s until 1946.
It started as a small princedom house and it gained importance once with the Romanian Monarchy. In early 1930’s, during King’s Ferdinand reign, a big fire damaged the building. The edifice was reconstructed with the help of K. Liman (also involved in Peles Castle design) and I. Nenitescu, who brought a light Romanian style touch.
The history of the Palace showed to be cruel once again during Revolution in 1989, when the it was damaged by shootings and angry revolutionaries.
It was fully renewed in 2000, re-earning its impressive stature right in the middle of Revolution square.
Just visit all of them and don’t miss to ask for accessible travel advice!